Search Results: "Alison Griffiths"


BOOK REVIEW

ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2010

"Given that the fight continues to protect wild horses and ban the slaughter of horses of whatever kind, this book is timely, though it pales next to Deanne Stillman's Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West (2008)."
Modest tale of a scrappy advocate for wild horses and her three-decade battle for their protection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALISON RULES by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Several cuts above the standard teen-weepie. (Fiction. YA)"
The Alison Rules are never specifically codified as such, but they are all based on one organizing premise: to keep Alison from moving beyond her mother's death from cancer the previous summer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 26, 1997

"A well-told tale deftly combining adventure, outsize characters, and lively scenes of a wild land in the process of being explored and settled. (11 photos, 11 line drawings, not seen)"
A history of a little known 187374 expedition over a vast tract of Canadian wilderness by new police recruits, made to pacify Indians, monitor the long Canadian/US border, destroy the whiskey trade to the tribes, and bring law to Canada's wild west. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DROWNING OF ALISON ALYWARD by Genevieve Lyons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Veteran Lyons (Green Years, 1989, etc.) turns in a performance as low-key, neatly written, and steadily entertaining as ever."
Mark Dangerfield, antique-book dealer and sometime detective in Maggie Thatcher's London, is asked by socialite Wendy Cadbury, a friend of his mother's, to investigate the drowning death of her young friend Alison Alyward, officially a suicide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALISON DARE: THE HEART OF THE MAIDEN by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"An ambitious concept in need of some polish. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
An extremely promising premise disappoints with its flat, awkward construction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"The simple plot is merely a foundation for intriguing characters who provide the real experience."
In Bingham's (Love Story, With Murders, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, South Wales DC Fiona Griffiths' third outing finds her undercover trying to expose a group committing computer fraud and leaving bodies in its wake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Just right for Gorog fans. (Fiction/Short stories. 10+)"
Griffiths debuts with a group of scary stories that are guaranteed to shock and delight young readers with their deft plot spins and bold swashes of gore in a deceptively ``normal'' world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHALK PIT by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"Like its predecessors (The Woman in Blue, 2016, etc.), Griffith's ninth is complex and character-driven, providing an excellent mystery whose very last sentence will leave you yearning for the next installment."
The discovery of some not-so-old bones opens up surprising possibilities of a mysterious underground world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DYING FALL by Elly Griffiths
Released: March 5, 2013

"Another gem packed with offbeat, well-developed characters and a quirky, challenging mystery."
A forensic archaeologist, a policeman and a druid pool their skills to find a murderer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KELLY + VICTOR by Niall Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Modern romance? More like an exorcism of writerly boredom."
The fourth from Welsh author Griffiths (Sheepshagger, 2002, etc.) gives vent to wasted urban youth via sadistic sex and feisty vernacular. Read full book review >